is God's will automatic?
I will occasionally hear someone say, “If it’s God’s will, it will happen.”
We don’t have to read more than three chapters into the Bible to see that such is not the case.
God expressed His will for Adam concerning the eating of fruit from a certain tree. God’s will was not done because Adam choose to go against God’s will.
“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it…” —Gen 2:16-17
“And unto Adam he [God] said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life…” —Gen 3:17
Jesus told us to pray that God’s will would be done on earth as it is in heaven:
“And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.” —Luk 11:2
Implied is that God’s will is not automatically done. We must seek God and pray that His will be done.
God’s law is God’s expression of His general will for our lives. To transgress that law is to deny God His will being done.
“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” —1Jn 3:4
God gave us our own will when He created us in His image. God wanted fellowship…in righteousness.
The grand question is, Will we put God first by loving Him supremely and our neighbor as ourselves, or will we put ourselves first? We decide. The consequences of what we decide couldn’t be more palpable, for both now and for eternity.
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” —Deu 30:19-20
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” —Pro 4:7
We live in serious times. May we seek God and pray that His will be done (not the party’s).
Your humble servant,